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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Pope Re:Sure... (316 comments)

"If we don't spend $X on security, including training, it will cost the company $Z if we get breached. Up to you."

yesterday
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Pope Re:Sure... (316 comments)

I have friends who still use their work email for everything, despite having had smartphones for years. It boggles the mind.

yesterday
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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

Pope Re:Decentralization (76 comments)

They have a PR problem because they're run by terrible people.

3 days ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Pope Re:Have Both (567 comments)

The biggest productivity enhancer is more resolution, because even today fucking NOBODY gets multi-monitor working right. Not nVidia, not AMD, not Microsoft, not Apple, and not Linux.

Last PROPERLY working multi-monitor setup was on SGI hardware.

LOL, nope. Apple had multi-monitor systems in the 80s and they worked just fine.

about two weeks ago
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California Sues Uber Over Practices

Pope Re:Not "ridesharing" (139 comments)

The problem is this isn't ridesharing, neither carpooling.

Correct. These are unlicensed jitney cabs, which are illegal in most jurisdictions for a pretty damn good number of reasons. You cite most of them in the rest of your post.

about two weeks ago
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California Sues Uber Over Practices

Pope Re:Not "ridesharing" (139 comments)

Uber has its bad points but what it does is empower citizens to do things that will make them some extra money, If you are willing to drive people after work then go ahead, if you want to make a career out of it that is good too.

LMAO. No one will ever make a career out of driving for Uber, even full time. Most cabbies don't make a lot per shift either, and Uber wants to try to be cheaper than a hailed cab? Won't ever happen.

There is also similar sites where you can rent your home. The cities are cracking down on this because it could be considered hotelling.

That's because it is hotelling. A lot of AirBNB seems to be people renting out apartments they don't own in contravention of local health and safety codes. Those codes are there for a reason. The rest are renting out their own condos illegally and in contravention to the terms of the condo corporation they agreed to & signed when they bought the place.

about two weeks ago
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California Sues Uber Over Practices

Pope Re:Ride sharing? (139 comments)

That is ride sharing. Uber, Lyft, and the others are arranging drivers for hire. Just pointing out the obvious here.

Correct. Uber is, in most jurisdictions, an unlicensed jitney cab. And there's a reason they were outlawed in most places decades ago.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Pope Re:From Jack Brennan's response (769 comments)

LeMay and McNamera were convinced they'd be tried & found guilty for war crimes if the US hadn't forced Japan to surrender.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

Pope Re:Objectively Guage Your Happiness (312 comments)

and drink a huge amount of water: i get through about a litre an hour. this is *important* because otherwise i find i really really suffer the next day (which shows in my inability to do the yoga, which is precisely why i do it, to check that my body's not full of toxins. as far as yoga's concerned: spirituality be buggered, i want to know if my body's ok!!)

A liter of water an hour is at the far end of overkill. Tour de France riders go through an average of 7 per day, and they're doing high range cardio.

As for the "toxins" comment, just LMAO.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Pope Re:She's _4_ (584 comments)

I think the problem here is the dad's attitude, not the daughter's.

100% right. Maybe she wants to be an artist and have nothing to do with computers or science?

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Pope Re:Yeesh (584 comments)

Around 2000? Try 1980.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Pope Re:Aerial or underground ? (516 comments)

No - it's not even a question. Bury the lines and you will remove a large number of causes for power outages.

Nope. Lived in a subdivision in the 80s with all buried lines. Power always went out during big summer rain storms. You're not going to find magical waterproof cunduit anywhere that doesn't cost an outrageous sum.

about three weeks ago
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

Pope Re:OT: I have a small feature request for car-make (114 comments)

unlocking car boots, setting off windscreen wipers, locking brakes, and cutting the engine.

If a hacker can do all that, why can't the car itself open the windows slightly if the temperature inside gets high and there is no rain outside? All the hardware is already there — the sensors know both the inside temperature and whether anything is hitting the windshield (so wipers can turn automatically in rain).

It'd be way safer to get a fan going to circulate the air than to crack the windows open. You really want car makers to open themselves up to having cars stolen easier?

about three weeks ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Pope Re:IEC 61508-3 anyone? (452 comments)

Yes, but we can schedule a work stoppage around that time.

about three weeks ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Pope Re:All Glory to the HypnoToad (452 comments)

Does talking to "God" involve having an epileptic seizure?

No, usually it involves stealing a spaceship.

about three weeks ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

Pope Re:Scam's Already Been Stopped (287 comments)

The building is likely heavily steel-framed.

about a month ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

Pope Re:wont last (287 comments)

That, and the entire mattress industry is a scam.

about a month ago

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